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Civilians trapped inside northern Gaza hospital

Dec 06, 2023

Tel Aviv [Israel], December 6: Terrified civilians are trapped inside the Kamal Adwan Hospital in northern Gaza as Israeli forces have encircled the medical facility, a senior official at the Ministry of Health told Al Jazeera.
More than 100 people have been killed in strikes close to the facility, the ministry said on Tuesday.
"The Israeli occupation forces have laid siege to the hospital from all sides . We are targeted by gunfire and artillery shells," said Munir al-Bursh, director-general of the Health Ministry in Gaza, speaking from inside Kamal Adwan.
"Patients, injured and those who took shelter in the hospital are gripped with fear; overwhelmed by horror," he said.
Footage from Kamal Adwan showed bodies swaddled in white, lined up in rows in a courtyard of the medical compound. Witnesses said anyone attempting to leave was being shot at by Israeli snipers. "We fear a massacre inside Kamal Adwan Hospital, as happened in [al-Shifa Hospital] and the [Indonesian Hospital]", al-Bursh said.
Overnight, injured people continued to stream into the hospital amid ongoing bombardment, their heads and faces covered in dust. The hundreds of evacuees taking shelter there are shown resting or being treated on the floor by medics with extremely limited resources.
"What do they want from us? They have already killed us. Our families and friends are dead," a man at the medical facility told Al Jazeera. A second man explained that he moved to the hospital hoping to find safety from the Israeli air strikes, but his words were abruptly interrupted by the loud bang of an explosion that could be heard very close by. "We wished we were not left behind," screamed a woman, her hands shaking and her voice imbued with desperation.
More than 1.1 million people were ordered in mid-October to evacuate the north of the Strip and to move southwards as Israeli troops were advancing their ground offensive.
Battles and aerial strikes stopped for a weeklong truce to allow the exchange of captives Hamas took in its attack on Israel on October 7 for Palestinian prisoners held by Israel. The temporary halt in fighting collapsed on Friday.
Since the truce ended, Israeli forces resumed their attacks across Gaza with a renewed intensity in the north, while also expanding their operations to the south.
Israeli attacks on Gaza have killed more than 15,900 Palestinians since October 7, after Hamas killed about 1,100 in Israel that day.
Source: Qatar Tribune